Monday, September 24, 2012

DIY Ruffle Tote

I had this canvas bag tucked away calling for attention. None was being given. I tend to have a lot of those items just lurking in my closet...

A friend of mine, Lauren, posted a project that she made for her daughters. I decided that this would make a great project for my niece for Christmas. Don't tell her if you see her :)

I started the project, cutting strips of fabric from three different fabrics. My width was determined by the scraps that I had. My grandma-in-law passes on a lot of fun scraps to me. Mickey became my inspiration for this project!

I made these strips just a little longer than the width of the bag. 

I then basted across the tops of the fabric strips and then ruffled them to get them to fit nicely around the bag.

I lined up the strips and then sewed them on the bag, overlapping them to cover the sewing. 

I also used pinking shears to cut the bottom of the strips. Hopefully this will keep the strips from fraying. I also added some glitter ribbon around the top to hide where I sewed on the top ruffle. 

I am pretty pleased with how this bag turned out! The only thing, I might add a little flower to the top of the bag. 


  1. "Sew" cute. And I think a ruffled flower would be an adorable addition!

    1. Thanks, Cindy. I will try to add the flower! Motivation!!

  2. Very fun gift! I'm sure she'll love it. Thanks for sharing at I Made It! Monday. Can't wait to see what you link up this week.

    1. Thanks! Coming right now to check out your Made it Monday!


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